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The Land Of Giants

From Designboom:

american firmchoi + shine architectsrecently received the 2010 boston society of architects
award for unbuilt architecture for their project ’the land of giants’, which they originally
designed for the icelandic high voltage electrical pylon competition back in 2008.

making only minor alterations to well established steel-framed pylon design, the architects
created a series of towers that are powerful, solemn and variable. these iconic pylon-figures
will become monuments in the landscape.



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  1. Drax Drax

    Egads! That’s spooky, man.

  2. This is cool on its own, certainly. But I can’t help thinking how great this could be in the American midwest, too; when I drive out to see my family and spend 9 hours on I-80, I know that I pass more than one place where:

    1) You can see long rows of such pylons, which, come to think of it, already made me think of a line of giant soldiers or something marching off to the horizon, and

    2) There certainly isn’t much else on the landscape (I love the midwest but at least some parts really are as flat and monotonous as their reputation).


  3. Fred Davis Fred Davis

    Hmm, one of the things I liked about pylons was their inhuman shape, like they were the fossilised skeletons of some ancient monster, but on the other hand these are literally human shaped – the construction is all about producing a human outline rather than something that is genuinely human looking, making it look like they were the superstructure for ancient rhodes style colossi that have since had their outer surface eroded by the glaciers and winds that carved out that valley they’re in.

    And then some fucker has come along and strung infrastructure on them.

    Kudos on the designer for not going the Cerne Abbas route and building big wireframe cocks into the male figures though, even if the body shape of the female figure in that second photo is a bit on the leifeld/fashion model side of the anatomical wrongness demarcation line. And of course the problem that by having clearly gendered figures like that it does neatly say that yes, the pylon structures are not only gendered (an insane enough concept in and of itself as far as massive electricity pylons go), but gendered male by default as much as giving most of them massive metal erection would have done anyway.

    Still cool though.

  4. hng23 hng23

    In the future, people will wonder which gods these figures represent.

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